We recently launched our new website for members only.
Our prior Members Only website was password protected with one password shared with all members. Our new Members Only website is password protected with unique Usernames and Passwords for each member. Each member should have received an email generated by our new database and website confirming their unique Username and asking them to create a unique Password.
We launched our new site in three phases with a system generated email inviting each phase’s members to create their unique Password and login. Members who satisfied criteria in subsequent phases only needed to create one login at the first invitation. For example, a National Officer who is also a Chapter Officer, will receive three invitations at each phase launch to create a login but only need create their unique login once. The dates for each of the three phases were:
- Phase 1 – National Officers & Committee Chairmen – Tuesday, August 3
- Phase 2 – State & Chapter Officers & Chairmen – Wednesday, August 11
- Phase 3 – All Membership – Wednesday, August 25
Each member’s unique Username is their national number with as many leading zeros as necessary to make it six digits. (For example, a National Number of 12345 would translate to a Username of 012345). The unique Password that each member creates should not use their name or any personal information, must be eight to forty characters, must use at least one number and must have at least one “special character” (@ $ ! # %).
If a member did not receive an email inviting them to create their login, it’s very possible that we do not have a valid email address for them in our new database. Members should check their Spam or Junk folder and, if not found there, reach out to one of their Chapter Officers to inquire. Chapter, State & National Treasurers and Registrars can add or change email addresses. Chapter Officers should reach out to their State counterparts, State Officers to their National counterparts, and National Officers to the Technology Enhancement Chairman should questions or issues remain.
Once you have gained access to the new website, you can allow your browser to save your login credentials IF you are accessing the website from a private computer. Basic internet security dictates that you never save any login credentials on a public (hotel, library, guest, etc) computer. If you forget your password or want to change it at any time, there is a “Reset Password” hyperlink on the new website’s login page. However, the system must have a valid unique email address for you to use this function.
Our new website integrates with our Membership database, allowing searches, forms and reports to be accessed directly by all of our members and officers for up to the minute data. Members also have the ability to edit their own personal profile information using a hyperlink on our new website’s Home page. Increased functionality will continue to be built over the next several weeks and months and announced on the Home page under “Website Updates”.
Through our new website, members will be able to directly view the collections of data that we house for our Society’s members, both past and present. Our data has gone through a massive reorganization to be able to be brought together into one large database. While much of the reorganization could be done electronically, some of it had to be done manually, especially much of the Ancestor data. Thus, you may encounter some errors that will require correction. We ask for your patience and assistance identifying, verifying, and correcting any errors. Instructions for reporting errors are available on the pages where the data is displayed.